Three-year-old girl calls ambulance after being unable to breathe

An ambulance call center 
By: Ryan Lee Hall 

She knew exactly what to do when she couldn’t breathe, even though she is only three-years-old.

A 3-year-old New Zealand girl, called an emergency number by herself when she had trouble breathing, ambulance personnel at a call center said.

The child, Lina Aiono-Te Tau, had to make a 111 call in the early morning hours because her mother is deaf.

The staff members at the call center, Wellington Free Ambulance, were surprised to receive a call from a coughing child on Saturday morning.

Jordan Lane, who took the call, said when she asked to speak to the girl's mother she told her that she was deaf and could not speak. The girl said she had difficulty breathing.

Finally, Lane was able to get the mother to confirm her address via text message.

Lina is believed to be Wellington Free Ambulance’s youngest caller. She was taken to Wellington Hospital. She was diagnosed with croup and a viral infection.

Lane said she was impressed. "I have a three-year-old. I cannot imagine him calling an ambulance. When I asked him where he lived, he said he had no idea," Lane said.



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